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Justification By Faith (6 of 19)
Series: The Book of Romans
Sunday, July 26, 2009
TEXT: Romans 5:1-21
INTRODUCTION: As we pick up our study this evening, we are going to talk about justification. The Greek word for word justification means to "show or regard as just or innocent."1
ILLUS: in the following story, we hear an amazing account about the life of a Japanese soldier by the name of Shoichi Yokoi. Yokoi lived in a cave on the island of Guam to which he fled in 1944 when the tides of war began to change. Fearing for his life, this man stayed hidden for twenty-eight years in the jungle cave, coming out only at night. During this long period of time, this self-imposed hermit lived on frogs, rats, snails, shrimp, nuts, and mangoes. He had carried a pair of trousers and a jacket from a burlap like cloth made from tree bark. Yokoi said that he knew the war was over because of leaflets that were scattered throughout the jungles of Guam. But he was afraid that if he came out of hiding, he would be executed.
Finally, two hunters came upon him and told him that he need not hide any longer. At last he was free, and with new clothes to wear and food to eat, he was taken by plane to his home.2
Mr. Yokoi became a celebrity in Japan. A few weeks after his capture, he was flown back to Japan on a chartered jet, and he burst into tears when he caught a glimpse of Mount Fuji, one of the symbols of Japan.
Hailed as a hero at a welcoming ceremony in Tokyo's airport, as millions of Japanese watched on television, he seemed overwhelmed by the changes in the country to which he had returned. He had never heard of television, atomic weapons or jet planes.
Thousands of Japanese lined the highway waving paper Japanese flags, as he was later driven to his native village. The homecoming was televised live across the nation, and cameras were everywhere as Mr. Yokoi stopped at the village cemetery and wept at the family gravestone, wh ...
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